Kenny Neal

Kenny Neal - Deluxe Edition

Kenny Neal - Deluxe Edition
Over 60 minutes from the young champion of Louisiana blues guitar and harmonica. Includes "Caught In The Jaws Of A Vice," "Outside Looking In," and "Hoodoo Moon;" remastered in 20-bit audio. With never-before-seen photos & special mini poster
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Kenny Neal: vocal, harp, electric and acoustic guitar
Rhythm Guitar:
Ernie Lancaster or Bryan Bassett
Kenny Neal: vocal, harp, electric and acoustic guitar
Rhythm Guitar:
Ernie Lancaster or Bryan Bassett
Noel Neal, except
Darnell Neal (7, 9)
Bob Greenlee (5, 8, 15)
Anthony Hardesty (3, 6)
Kennard Johnson, except
Jim Payne (5, 7, 10, 13, 15)
Gralin Hoffman (3, 6, 8)
Mark Blair (7)
Lucky Peterson, except
Kenny Burch (7)
Silent Partners (1):
Russell Jackson, Bass Guitar
Tony Coleman, Drums
The Horny Horns (1, 5):
Fred Wesley, Trombone
Maceo Parker, Alto Sax
The King Snake Horns:
Bill Samuel, Saxes & arrangements
Buzz Montsinger, Tenor Sax
Bob Greenlee, Baritone Sax & arrangements
Leroy Cooper, Baritone Sax
Bruce Staelens, Trumpet
Sylvester Polk, Trumpet
Danny "Boney" Fields, Trumpet
Jan Pattishall, Trombone Tracks 1, 5 & 12 produced by Bob Greenlee & Kenny Neal, 1990
Tracks 2, 9, 11 & 14 produced by Kenny Neal, Bob Greenlee & Bruce Iglauer, 1992
Tracks 3, 6, 7 & 8 produced by Bob Greenlee & Kenny Neal, 1988
Tracks 4 &16 produced by Kenny Neal, Bob Greenlee & Bruce Iglauer, 1994
Tracks 10, 13, & 15 produced by Bob Greenlee & Kenny Neal, 1989

All tracks recorded at King Snake Studios, Sanford, FL, and mixed at Streeterville Studios, Chicago, IL

Engineers: Bob Greenlee, Bryan Bassett, Andrew McIntire, Pete Carr, Jay Shilliday, Dave Bell, Warren King & Rick Bailey

Mixers: David Axelbaum, Jay Shilliday & Julian Herzfeld

Deluxe Edition Series produced by Bob DePugh, Bruce Iglauer and David Forte

Design by David Forte
Cover and Inlay photography by Koichi Uchida

Liner Notes

Kenny Neal has become the ambassador of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana blues sound, taking the heritage of his father, bluesman Raful Neal, and his father's famed musician friends and speading it worldwide.  Whether he's squeezing the strings of his ancient, battered Telecaster, stretching out on a funky bass riff, or blowing a chugging, reedy solo on harp, Kenny's sound is unmistakably Baton Rouge.  But he isn't just recycling the songs of his mentors, like Slim Harpo (who gave Kenny his first harp when the boy was three to stop him from crying), Lazy Lester and his father, or the wild string-bending style of the late Guitar Slim and the obscure but brilliant Rudolph Richard.  Rather, Kenny has absorbed the sounds of the masters he knew, added the fire of fellow Baton Rouge-ite Buddy Guy (with whom Kenny toured as a bass player while still a teenager) and strained it all through a modern, young sensibility to create the Kenny Neal sound. 

Live, Kenny is spontaneous and unstoppable.  He's even taken his talent to Broadway, where he starred in Lincoln Center's production of Zora Neale Hurston's Mule Bone, and won the Theatre World Award for Most Outstanding New Talent.  He's toured for the U.S. government as a blues ambassador across Africa, and he and his tireless road band of various Neal brothers and the great Chicago drummer Kennard Johnson have taken his incendiary live show from Argentina to Europe to Japan (opening for B.B. King) and practically every blues club in the U.S.

Whether he's laying into one of his original songs (often co-written with Florida producer/bassist/horn arranger Bob Greenlee) or updating a South Louisiana classic, Kenny's musical gumbo, mixing swamp blues, a bit of modern funk, Chicago blues and New Orleans rhythms, all cooked over a fire of Baton Rouge roots, marks him as one of the true blues torchbearers of his generation. 

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    Track Name Duration  
Play Preview 1 Caught In The Jaws Of A Vise
Author/Publisher:  AL 4795
Play Preview 2 That Knife Don't Cut No More
Author/Publisher:  AL4809
Play Preview 3 Outside Looking In
Author/Publisher:  AL4764
Play Preview 4 Hoodoo Moon
Author/Publisher:  AL4825
Play Preview 5 The Truth Hurts
Author/Publisher:  AL 4795
Play Preview 6 Caught Your Back Door Man
Author/Publisher:  AL 4764
Play Preview 7 Evalina
Author/Publisher:  AL 4764
Play Preview 8 Baby Bee
Author/Publisher:  AL 4764
Play Preview 9 Neal And Prey
Author/Publisher:  AL 4809
Play Preview 10 Any Fool Will Do
Author/Publisher:  AL 4774
Play Preview 11 Lightning's Gonna Strike
Author/Publisher:  AL 4809
Play Preview 12 Morning After
Author/Publisher:  AL 4795
Play Preview 13 The Son I Never Knew
Author/Publisher:  AL 4774
Play Preview 14 Howling At The Moon
Author/Publisher:  AL 4809
Play Preview 15 Change My Way Of Livin'
Author/Publisher:  Al4774
Play Preview 16 Believe In Yourself
Author/Publisher:  AL 4825
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